§ 47. Mr. Goodhew
asked the Minister of Transport what study he has made of the degrees of inflammability of varying grades of diesel fuel for trains; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goodhew
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the incidence of fire on diesel units is far too high and that the risk attaching to the existing grades of fuel is quite unacceptable to passengers who have to travel on these trains? What does he propose to do about this?
§ Mr. Marsh
There have been serious problems, but I think that the hon. Gentleman would do well not to exaggerate them and cause unnecessary worry. These are the minimum flash points. The fuel involved in the accident at Sandridge on 18th August, 1965, had a flash point of 170°F. Comparing that with petroleum spirit or other light fuels, which have a flash point of about 73°, this is a pretty big margin.